07 May 2011

Call for Submissions - "My Story is Out: High School Years" Anthology (Publishing Syndicate)

Post date: 07 May 2011
Deadline: 1 January 2012

This groundbreaking anthology is intended to be a collection of personal real-life stories about surviving high school as an LGBT teen and coming out on the other side.

We are looking for humorous, heart-warming, wistful, and inspiring stories written by straight, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered individuals 25 years old and younger.

If you have a story to tell about your personal experience that is sure to touch the hearts, lives and souls of LGBT teens all over the world, then we would love to read it and consider it for publication. Please follow the submission guidelines listed below:

1. Your story must be a true account of something that has happened to you or someone you know. It should be written in the first person. (See “Story Do’s and Don’ts” Page for examples and other helpful tips.)
2. The story must have taken place in high school, and the author must be 25 years old or younger at the time of submission.
3. Your story should not be less than 500 words or exceed 1200 words.
4. Do not submit your story more than once. However, you are allowed to submit more than one story if it pertains to different categories.
5. Please do not submit anonymous stories, stories written under pennames or false names, or as-told-to stories.
6. Your story should fall within one of the following chapter categories:School Daze — something that happened during the course of a high school day
  • Gender Education — transgendered stories
  • Out Numbered — bullying stories
  • Coming Out to Friends
  • We Are Family — stories of support from family members
  • Sitting on the Bench — sports team stories
  • Outstanding Teachers — stories of support from teachers
  • Any Questions? — stories of questioning
  • Feelings of Pride — stories about making a difference in your high school
  • After Graduation — stories about leaving high school and looking ahead
7. Keep a copy of the story you submit to us for your own personal records.
8. We will only accept story submissions that have not been previously published.
9. If your story is accepted for publication, you must sign a permission release form. All individuals subsequently referenced in your story must also sign a release form.
10. We do not accept full manuscripts. Please do not send them.
11. We do not accept poetry submissions at this time.

All story submissions must be submitted electronically to: mystory@mystoryisout.com. Please enclose your story in the body of the e-mail. Include your name, age, address, e-mail, chapter category, the title of your story and the word count at the top of the e-mail. We will not accept any e-mail attachments.

Please do not send any additional e-mails asking if your story has been accepted for publication. The story evaluation process may take months. However, if your story is accepted for publication, you will receive an e-mail notification directly from us. As a contributing author to My Story Is Out: High School Years, you will receive (2) free copies of the book and a free T-shirt. We cannot offer any monetary compensation at this time. Story submission deadline is January 1, 2012.

Tentative publication is Fall 2012 by Publishing Syndicate.

Contact Information:

For inquiries: mystory@mystoryisout.com

For submissions: mystory@mystoryisout.com

Website: http://www.mystoryisout.com/
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